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Realize Bradenton brings people together for shared experiences. 

In addition to in-person events, we strive to inform and inspire our communities with stories that help us stay engaged and optimistic. We believe that optimism creates bridges and widens our lens of what is possible.

The “Some Good News” articles, photos, and videos will offer stories that are forward-looking and solutions-focused.


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Walkbradenton.Com Encourages On-Foot Exploration Of Downtown Bradenton To Build Local Business

The website encourages residents and visitors to explore local history, public art, and to find authentic places to eat, shop, see, stay, and play in downtown Bradenton.

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2020-2021 Realize Bradenton Board Officers Elected

Realize Bradenton is pleased to share new officers and thank volunteer board members for their service.

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A COVID-19 Twist on 13th Street West

This Good News Story written by Jamey Hitchcock is a Realize Bradenton production funded by the Knight Donor Advised Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation. It’s all bricks-and-mortar store fronts as one takes a stroll through downtown Bradenton. People gravitate toward Old Main Street, which is lined with bars and restaurants, new and old alike. […]

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Behind the Pages: Old Manatee A to Z

A new children’s book, Old Manatee A to Z, written by Ryan G. Van Cleave and produced by Realize Bradenton, focuses on the City of Bradenton and touches on the people, plants, landmarks, and animals of the area as well as business and industry.

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BRADENTON CELEBRATES THE BLUES

By Art Tipaldi Art Tipaldi is currently the Editor of Blues Music Magazine, which was founded in Bradenton, and has been a sponsor and advisor of the Bradenton Blues Festival since it began. He’s been writing about the Blues nationally since 1993, and in 2002, published a book called Children of the Blues, which profiles 49 […]

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Bradenton’s Pigeon King

Meet Kyle Morris, Bradenton’s Pigeon King

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Alfredo Garcia’s Blues Festival Art

The Bradenton Blues Festival celebrates the Blues through both music and art. Revealing the art for the year has become a major part of Festival tradition. This art is used for all Festival publicity and appears on the collectable annual merchandise. For the 10th Anniversary of the Bradenton Blues Festival, Bradenton artist Alfredo Garcia was […]

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The Legacy of Roberto Clemente

A plaque outside of Roberto Clemente’s spring training room at Pirate City reads, “I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give.” Clemente was certainly an incredible ballplayer, but his kind heart and generosity ensured that he has been remembered for giving it all. When the Pittsburgh Pirates made […]

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The Riverwalk – Top 12

The Riverwalk- It’s a place for everyone.

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Realize Bradenton Welcomes Two New Board Members

Realize Bradenton is excited to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors

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People Supporting People- Top 12

People Supporting People- What a giving community we live in.

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Walkability – Top 12

Walkability- Featuring Economic Benefits and a user-friendly exploration source

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ArtCenter Manatee – Top 12

The ArtCenter has helped the community come together in many aspects.

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Manatee Performing Arts Center – Top 12

Just a short stroll from the Riverwalk, you will find the stunning uniqueness of the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

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The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature – Top 12

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is a historical cornerstone of the downtown scene.

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Manatee Village Historical Park – Top 12

To take a step back into the past, take a stroll through this park and visit all 14 points of interest.

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The Central Library – Top 12

The waterfront location of the Central Library alone is a part of the social infrastructure that enhances quality of life.

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